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Updated: Jul 26, 2023

*** Please note, due to VBS, we will be proceeding with lesson 194 on 7/5/23

Full lesson HERE

INTRODUCTION. When Paul appealed to Caesar, he was using his right as a Roman

citizen to be judged by the emperor of Rome. Festus, the governor of Judea, was compelled to comply with the appeal and was thus relieved of any more responsibility in the matter.

After some days had passed, Herod Agrippa II, the king, and his sister Bernice came to

Caesarea to visit Festus. While they were there, Festus discussed Paul's case with Agrippa. Festus related how the Jews in Jerusalem had requested him to pass sentence. Since he could not give up the prisoner who was a Roman citizen without a trial, he conducted court proceedings the day after he returned to Caesarea. However, the charges against Paul were matters of Jewish religion and "one Jesus," who was dead but who Paul said was alive. Paul refused to go to Jerusalem to be judged and instead appealed to Caesar. When Festus finished speaking, Agrippa said he wished to hear Paul, and Festus agreed to a meeting for the following day (Acts 25:13-22).

On the appointed day, Agrippa II and Bernice entered the place of hearing where the chief captains and principal men of the city were gathered, and Festus commanded that Paul be brought to them. Festus stated that Paul was the man whom the Jews wished to put to death, but he had found nothing worthy of death in him. Since Paul had appealed to Caesar, Festus planned to send him to the emperor. However, he hoped Agrippa II could help him determine what charges against Paul he should communicate to the emperor (Acts 25:23-27).

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